Gilbert wins stage 2 at Tour de Luxembourg

Phillipe Gilbert won BMC Racing Team’s second stage of the Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg as he took victory after a hectic uphill finish into Schifflange.

The Belgian rider held off Maurits Lammertink (Roompot Oranje Peloton) in close sprint on the 440m, 13 wall in Schifflange. Race leader Jempy Drucker (BMC) crashed in the finale and so Lammertink took over the race lead by virtue of bonus seconds.

“I am really happy to win especially after a long break and all the problems that I’ve had. It’s an important win for me.”, said Gilbert after the finish. “I heard on the radio that Jempy had crashed but at this point at the race, there is nothing that you can do to help. We really rode well today as a team so it is disappointing for him.”

“In the professional cycling world, there are no little races so it is always important to win. I am now sitting second on GC, nine seconds behind, so if Lammertink is smart he can definitely win the race but we will see.”

Jempy Drucker said: “The guys did a super good job all day and I was really thankful for that. Heading onto the final climb, I was super motivated was holding onto Phil’s wheel but then I got knocked and crashed into the barriers. It obviously disappointing to have lost the leader’s jersey but it was a great experience to wear yellow, especially in Luxembourg, and I am really happy that Phil could go on and take the win today.”

Tour de Luxembourg 2016 – stage 2 results (Rosport – Schifflange):

1 Philippe Gilbert (BMC) 3:55:59
2 Maurits Lammertink (Roompot-Oranje Peloton)


3 Alex Kirsch (Stölting)


4 Romain Hardy (Cofidis)


5 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


6 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


7 Rasmus Guldhammer (Stölting)


8 Dion Smith (ONE)


9 Sebastien Delfosse (Wallonie-Bruxelles)


10 Anthony Turgis (Cofidis)


General classification after stage 2:

1 Maurits Lammertink (Roompot-Oranje Peloton)


2 Philippe Gilbert (BMC)


3 Alex Kirsch (Stölting)


4 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


5 Alexander Edmondson (Orica-GreenEdge)


6 Alexander Krieger (Leopard Pro Cycling)


7 Marco Marcato (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


8 Gaetan Bille (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


9 Huub Duijn (Roompot-Oranje Peloton)


10 Anthony Turgis (Cofidis)


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